Tracy Barrett has written both fiction and nonfiction set in the past (as well as contemporary novels) for middle-grade and young-adult audiences. Credits include the popular Sherlock Files series, as well as the award-winning Anna of Byzantium, The Stepsister’s Tale (starred reviews, Kirkus and PW) Dark of the Moon (starred review, Kirkus), King of Ithaka (starred review, SLJ), and others.
Until recently, Tracy was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University, where she taught Italian language, literature and civilization. She travels frequently to Italy and other countries, mostly in southern Europe. She recently made her eighteenth parachute jump as research for a young-adult novel.
Tracy was the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Regional Advisor for the Midsouth for ten years and is currently SCBWI’s Regional Advisor Coordinator. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers (leading to Anna of Byzantium) and won the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005. She has taught courses on writing for children and on children’s literature at various institutions, and frequently makes presentations to groups of students, librarians, teachers, and others.